Avoiding Burnout by Supporting Employee Mental Health and Well-Being

The COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, political division, the return (or not) to school—the events of 2020 are impacting organizations and having widespread effects on employees’ mental health. Employee burnout is on the rise, at a high cost to both employers and employees. Forty-one percent of U.S. employees say they are burned out, yet 37 percent report having done nothing to cope with these feelings and only 7 percent have reached out to a mental health professional, according to a study conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management. More than 1 in 5 employees say COVID-19 has threatened the tangible parts of their jobs, including personal opportunities, job security, safe working conditions, and benefits and pay, to a great extent or to a very great extent. What are the signs of burnout? What steps can HR leaders take now to support their workforces? In this interactive program, Aaron Hurst, CEO and co-founder of Imperative, will talk with Nikki Salenetri, VP of human resources for Gympass, and Kathleen Pearson, chief human resources officer, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, about employee burnout and the strategies organizations can use now to support employee mental health and well-being.   

Aaron Hurst, CEO and co-founder, Imperative
Aaron Hurst is the CEO and co-founder of Imperative, a peer coaching platform that helps businesses lead virtual teams, care for their people, and be resilient in the face of constant change. He’s the author of The Purpose Economy (Elevate, 2016), which Arianna Huffington said “powerfully sums up the fundamental changes taking place in the business world.”

Newsweek, MIT Sloan Management Review, and strategy + business are among the sites that have published his thought leadership about the steps businesses need to take as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aaron was previously president and founder of the Taproot Foundation, which engaged tens of thousands of professionals in pro bono work around the world. 

Nikki Salenetri, VP, human resources, Gympass
Nikki Salenetri currently serves as VP of human resources for Gympass, a discovery platform that empowers employees of corporate clients to find an activity they love. She previously worked as as senior director of human resources at Rodale and regional director at Equinox after starting her human resources career at Dow Jones. 

Nikki earned a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology at New York University and bachelor’s degree in biological foundations of behavior from Franklin & Marshall College.  She is a six-time Ironman finisher, and a 12-time marathoner, and has competed at the Half Ironman World Championships.

Kathleen Pearson, chief human resources officer, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
As chief human resources officer, Kathleen Pearson is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of overall strategic direction for Pillsbury, a global law firm with offices in 21 cities around the world. Kathleen provides strategic leadership specifically in the areas of employee relations, talent management, benefit administration, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, and compensation. In addition to overseeing all HR-related functions for the firm, she is a member of Pillsbury's executive committee, the firm's leadership body that establishes business and operational priorities, shapes firm direction and sets policies in conjunction with the management Board. Kathleen holds a master's degree in Law Firm Management and Strategy.

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